Thursday, May 26, 2011

Etsy Shop

With Tony's help (he did almost all of the work, outside of the paintings themselves) we have our Etsy shop up! We are selling canvas prints of my original paintings. If you search on Etsy, our shop name is: JLInteriorDesign.

The genesis behind the shop on Etsy began when I was pregnant with Ava. First, I wanted a retro owl painting for her nursery but in a specific color palette. After receiving the art cards at Ava's baby shower, from Kristen, I knew I wanted the paintings to be high-contrast. I thought that if a baby would be able to make out those shapes, in their crib, they might be able to make out shapes in a larger piece of art on the wall. I couldn't find any owl art online that fit the bill...since then, many more owls can be found, however, I'm biased towards preferring ours. We thought it would be interesting to pursue the Etsy route and see what comes of it, if anything. You'll find on there some color and size options but you can customize almost all of it to your liking. The sizes listed on there are sort of large but smaller sizes are available. We've had a few friends order some of the canvases already and they have turned out really nice.

And as far as Ava's enjoyment of them, since she was teeny tiny she has enjoyed looking at them...she would stare at them for long periods. I think that is also part of the reason she said the word 'owl', soon after dada/mama...

Any feedback on the shop that you feel like giving, we are all ears!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

French Laundry Home

Today's One King's Lane sale had me drooling over the gorgeous furniture & items from French Laundry Home. The closest retailer to me that sells their stuff is Summer House, in Mill Valley. I think Ava would enjoy a visit to Summer House tomorrow to do a little window shopping! Here are three items that caught my eye from today's sale:

Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Decorator Showcase

Last night Caroline & I toured the 34th Annual, Decorator Showcase house. Unfortunately, the pictures I took on my phone did not turn out well. The house seemed smaller than recent years but I thought the house overall was great. I find it inspirational to go through each room, taking note of the interesting details. Similar to the Elle Decor House at the end of last year, there seemed to be a lot of grass cloth used on the walls. There were so many beautiful Benjamin Moore colors used on the walls that weren't covered in grass cloth.
Here are some that I particularly enjoyed:
In the wedding suite there was a beautiful, light blue color on the walls: Benjamin Moore Blue Lace, matte, 1625.

The creamy, warm grey in the bathroom, done in high gloss. Val, the designer of the room gave me her painter's contact info - he did such a great job! AF 680, wish.

The lighter grey in the bathroom was beautiful as well: Barren Plain, 2111-60.

Just prior to visiting the house with Caroline I was at the Palace of Fine Arts with Brooke Bryand - taking some professional photos to be used on my website, blog, twitter & LinkedIn accounts...She is very good at getting me to relax, it was only 15 minutes but I hate getting my picture taken. Had it been any longer, I don't think I could have lasted...Brooke has an 18-month old, Cal, and she owns her own photography business. It's really nice to talk to moms that are in a similar situation - mostly at-home with our little ones and working through the naps, when they go to sleep at night, and on the weekends. She had Cal with a sitter while we met and Ava was at day care. I'm glad for those two days a week that she's at day care because it allows me to have a focused amount of time to work and be a better mom to her, when she's home with me. We feel very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with our little ones and still be able to pursue our respective passions. A quick hello from Ava:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Artist: Amberlee Rosolowich

Thumbing through a past issue (Feb/Mar 2010) of California Home + Design I came across Amberlee Rosolowich again. She's represented by the Hespe Gallery, here in SF. Here are three pieces of work I particularly like...I like the mix of playfulness with a childlike, yet sage, understanding of projected balance. I'm not sure if that makes sense to anyone else?...Sometimes finding the words to capture my thoughts, alludes me. Lucky for me, you can see what I'm trying to say, here:
Equal Hearts, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 30x40

Back in the Day, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 48x36

Day Care, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 32x50

Friday, May 13, 2011

A new episode of "I Love Lucy"

Sometimes I wonder if Tony feels like he’s married to Lucille Ball but with blonde hair…?

If he would have come home yesterday, about 12n, he probably would have been certain of it.

Before I go further, I need to give a little background. I’ve been talking about how I want to just fix a couple of other things in our apartment. Specifically the curtain-chair-rug combo we had going on in our living room has been eating away at me daily – I kept pulling out other curtains we had stored away and trying them out on the windows. Yes, going the route of gorgeous window treatments would be ideal BUT when you know there’s a chance you won’t be in your rental for another year, what’s the point?…the next place could, and likely will have, entirely different window dimensions.

Yesterday I concluded that the only solution was to swap the rug from our living room with the rug in our bedroom. Then I could bring back my fun curtains in the living room. These curtains also help to balance out the heaviness of the big, black furniture that I would like to burn…but it’s functional, so it stays, for now. A couple of points about what lay on top of the approx. 8’x10’ rugs I was about to swap.
Obstacle #1… in the bedroom: 200 lb bed. Obstacle #2…TV & couches on the rug in the living room. Obstacle #3 moving the rugs between rooms – they are heavy and I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder…this ‘fun’ began at 11am, at 12n as I had the bed up in the air, nearly breaking the chandelier, a mattress and box springs leaning against separate walls, bedding piled up in a couple of spots, the vacuum nearby but in a dangerous spot, trying to get the shag rug out from under the bed, I almost folded and called for help…

I nearly took the bed frame apart but just decided to prop the frame on a chair and move quick to get the rug out. After about another two hours the rugs were swapped, the floors vacuumed and the previous curtains removed and replaced with the fun, navy-leaf patterned curtains.

Hopefully by the end of Memorial Day weekend we’ll have the last oak-colored piece of furniture repainted and the 3rd sham will have arrived. (It has been on back-order since March!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

US Weekly

The newest US Weekly features a two-page spread of our close friends: Ivana, Andrew, Brooks and their adorable new baby girl, Anja Jasmine.

Anja was born April 15th...soon after, Ivana called me from her hospital bed, asking for help on Anja's new room. Within a few days and right on schedule, the room was ready to welcome home little Anja. Between then and now Ivana has continued to do more work on the house, take care of Anja and Brooks (of course with Papa Andrew's help), and do all of the other things that make her an amazing mom. She really knows how to balance it all!
The article mentions a few elements of the room but if you're curious about what else went into the room, here are the details:

1) Main wall color: Benjamin Moore – Wispy Pink

2) Wide stripes above existing shelves: Benjamin Moore – Beachcomber

3) Laura Ashley Chandelier - Naomi's Lampshades & Lamps

4) Layla Grace - Butterfly dots monogram (wall decal)

5) Repurpose existing frames in the room, with new photos of the adorable addition. Run ribbon through the hooks behind the frames and hang from the wall, as shown here, from Pottery Barn.

6) Flutterflies (130 individual butterfly wall decals) to be placed whimsically on the walls. - Layla Grace

7) Keno collection Pasleys chocolate rug -

8) Bedding: Lola collection - Serena & Lily

9) For your existing floor lamp, instead of replacing the shade, trim the existing shade with a thin, pink ribbon of your choosing, above the existing trim and below the top of the existing trim. The trim will add a delightful detail to the existing shade at minimal cost. To trim the shade, add Arlene's glue to the ribbon first and then apply it to the shade. To add a little extra sparkle, swap the finial the lamp came with for this finial from Naomi's Lampshades & Lamps.

The other day Ivana and I were talking about Anja's room and I liked what she had to say. Ivana said, "The impressive thing about Anja's room is that we only had to purchase a few things in order to transform the room." (Yes, Andrew has a funny comment about the "pink-ness" of the room but that's Andrew for you! It's Anja & Ivana's girly oasis from the boys...)

I'm excited because this is the third room that I’ve had the pleasure of working on with the Firestone’s. (It sounds like another room is on the radar as well!) We're planning a family trip to visit them soon and meet their sweet little angel, we are so excited!! She is absolutely precious.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day Face Lift

But probably not in the way you're thinking of it...

I have been itching to finish our bedroom and today, a step closer. After our family walk and play-time at the park, we came home and painted our dresser. It has only been primed, in a French-country fashion until we decide if we want to enhance it further. One idea I had, while on the family walk, was to trim the inside of the drawers with a medium-toned as you look at the drawers you would see the white border, that angles inwards towards the flat panel of the drawer and then the grey (1/4" thick painted trim) and then the flat panel of white.

We just returned home from a wonderful Mother's Day lunch at Horizon's in Sausalito, gazing out over the gorgeous, wind-swept bay...just love SF!!! Tony & Ava gave me a very sweet gift: a journal, with lined paper and a hard-bound cover, so I can jot down my ideas anywhere, perfect!

Hope your Mother's Day is fantastic, wherever you are! Love you Mom!! XOXO

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stuff...oodles and oodles of Stuff, at Stuff...

As of February this year, 150 Valencia Street has a new, old, kid on the block: Stuff. They're a modern-antique dealer with 25 dealers under one roof. Think you can't get there during the week because your work schedule is too hectic? Think again, they're open until 9pm and they have parking. Yes, that's right, SF, a parking lot, that doesn't charge...amazing. (HD Buttercup does too...more to follow on them...) They have an abundance of all sorts of interesting pieces- for those of you that love mid-century pieces, it's definitely worth the trip!
These pieces are all done by Reclaimed Decor and they are really comfortable.

Lastly, if you have a minute, be sure to visit my website: and "like" JL Interior Design. THANKS!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Room Service

This past Tuesday I finally got to visit Room Service - I've been obsessed with it online but just haven't had the chance to get over there, baby-free, until are some fun items that caught my eye.
This chair just emanates fun-ness...yes, mom, that's not a real word.

Turquoise, I heart you.

Guy meets glam...

Soft, comfy, and it speaks for itself!

No need to adjust your glasses, those ARE skulls on that bedside table.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Painting complete, check it out here.

14"x18"...white acrylic, dark grey is the leftover that was on my roller brush, applied to canvas. Now the search to find the perfect frame begins! By framing this picture, it's going to make it look more 'finished'.